Purcell-Cutts House (Art & Travel) Minneapolis, MN USA

The Purcell-Cutts Prairie-style House is an architectural gem hidden in plain sight in a vibrant Mpls. neighborhood by Lake of the Isles. This 100+ year old “modern” house, owned by the Mia (Mpls. Institute of Art), recently reopened after pandemic shut down. Get the “inside” scoop including photos unique to this blog post!

J. J. Hill House (Travel) St. Paul, MN USA

We toured the majestic James J. Hill House, St. Paul, MN, on a recent Travel Date to places in our Backyard. The massive scale, fine detail and ingenious mechanical systems of this Gilded Age mansion recall the powerful presence of James J. Hill, builder of the Great Northern Railway. Enjoy photos and details on this blog.

Weisman Art Museum (Art & Travel), Mpls. MN USA

The Weisman Art Museum (WAM), designed by Frank Gehry on the campus of the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA is a gem inside and out. Overlooking the beautiful skyline of downtown Minneapolis and the magnificent Mississippi River, it faces west and perfectly reflects the ever-changing light of the setting sun. Discover more on this blog

Como Conservatory & Zoo (Travel): St. Paul, MN USA

Como Park Conservatory & Zoo are on my list of Top Ten places for a visitor to St. Paul, Minnesota. This blog highlights the gardens (sunken, fern, Zen and bonsai) in the Victorian architectural conservatory as well as the authentic Japanese garden, tropical encounters, zoo, amusement park and historic carousel experienced in our recent Travel Date to sites in our back yard!

Japanese Textiles at the Mia (Art & Travel) Mpls, MN USA

“Dressed by Nature: Textiles of Japan” is a vivid display of Mia’s (Mpls. MN) outstanding collection! Textiles are an intrinsic part of life, across all cultures of the world. Textiles have also been a significant part of my life and cultural heritage. I discovered some interesting and unexpected parallels in this exhibit to my own connection to Textile Art! More on my blog!

Museum of Russian Art: TMORA, Mpls. MN USA

Cher’s Travel Date: Museum of Russian Art (TMORA). A hidden gem in Mpls, it’s the only major institution in N. America devoted entirely to Russian art and culture from all of Russia’s history. TMORA stands with the people of Ukraine, as seen in current exhibit of provocative art of pro-Ukrainian political cartoons. Blog also includes photos by an American in Siberia/Stalin’s industrialization (1930s) & permanent collection.

Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

On our visit to Puerto Vallarta, our first, we got a feel for its culture and history. We discovered some of the unique sites that made this somewhat typical Mexican city stand apart from the others we visited – primarily how they incorporated art into every corner of their life. This blog is packed with my photos!

Mazatlán, Mexico

On the western coast of Mexico, across from the Baja Peninsula, is Mazatlan. Famous for its sun, consistently warm weather, beaches and cultural interests – it did not disappoint! Read more about this fun stop on our cruise in this blog.

Cruisin’ beyond COVID. . . in the Mexican Riviera

Vastly different than our January cruise out of Tampa FL just 3 months earlier, our cruise out of Port of LA (CA) into the Baja Peninsula of western Mexico was more typical! We saw new places and enjoyed the warm sun. Enjoy this latest blog!

Art in Bloom: Mia 2022, Mpls., MN

The beloved Art in Bloom at the Minneapolis Institute of Art, returned this year after a 2-year cancellation due to COVID. Imaginative floral interpretations of selected works of art from the Mia’s permanent collection were showcased. This blog shares examples of how the Mia classic again welcomed spring on a rainy Minnesota day!